Community Readers Descend Upon Southdown School

State Supreme Court Justice David Reilly with two Southdown fourth graders.

January 24, 2017

Enthusiasm was running high during Southdown Primary School’s recent community read-in. The event strives to get youngsters interested in discovering the joy of reading and all the adventures and fun that go with it.

Southdown teachers and PTA leaders were joined by district officials and community members for the school’s third annual read-in day. Reading helps students improve their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, writing, spelling and general base of knowledge, which should serve them well as they move through elementary and secondary school and college and into careers.

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Suffolk Police Officer Andrew Fiorillo
was on hand for the read-in.

“Local leaders were selected to read to each of our classrooms at Southdown,” Principal Scott Oshrin said. “This events kicks-off our parents as reading partners program.”

The guest readers were assigned to specific classrooms and shared some of their favorite books with students. They discussed the role they play in the community and why reading is important to them, both personally and professionally.

Mr. Oshrin said it’s his hope that Southdown’s students are instilled with “a love of reading” during their time in the building. Faculty members and parents are all on the same page. The school’s Parents as Reading Partners Committee members are dogged in their collective determination to ignite an interest in reading among students on every grade level.

Guest readers included PTA co-Presidents Kerri Brandine and Kimberley Steinberg, Woodhull School Principal Traci Roethel, Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky, Assistant Superintendent Kenneth A. Card, Jr., District Clerk Joanne Miranda, New York State Supreme Court Justice David Reilly, Jefferson Primary School Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide, Washington Primary School Principal Marsha Neville, Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School Principal Donna Moro, Huntington YMCA early childcare director Kiera Dabrowski and Suffolk Police school resource officer Andrew Fiorillo.

“We hope students come to understand how much fun it is to read,” Mr. Oshrin said. “Reading can take them to countries across the world and bring much excitement into their lives. They will never have a boring day if they learn to love to read.”

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Southdown PTA co-President Kimberley Steinberg was at the read-in.
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Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky worked with students at the read-in.
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Jefferson Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide participated in the read-in.
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Huntington District Clerk Joanne Miranda was at Southdown for the read-in.